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Denver sandwich
Alternative namesWestern sandwich
Place of originDenver, Colorado, United States
Main ingredientsBread, Denver omelette (ham, onion, green pepper, scrambled eggs)
VariationsManhattan Sandwich

A Denver sandwich, also known as a Western sandwich, consists of a Denver omelet (consisting of at least ham, onion, green pepper, and scrambled eggs), sandwiched between two pieces of bread.

The origin of the sandwich is unclear, with its invention attributed to a variety of individuals, including Denver restaurateur Albert A. McVittie in 1907 and M. D. Looney, also of Denver, in the same year. There is also a claim that the "Denver sandwich" was invented at Denver's Tabor Hotel, but mentions of it in newspapers predate all these claimants.[1]

As early as 1908 it was known as the "Western Sandwich", cited in a San Antonio newspaper. A "Manhattan Sandwich" (cited from 1909) was similar in that it contained fried egg, minced ham, and onion.

Food writers James Beard and Evan Jones believed that the Denver or Western sandwich was actually created earlier by "the many Chinese chefs who cooked for logging camps and railroad gangs in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries" and was probably derived from egg foo young.[2][3] They believed that the early Denver sandwiches were actually St. Paul sandwiches.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Popik, Barry (October 17, 2007). "Western Sandwich (Denver Sandwich; Denver Omelet)". The Big Apple (blog).
  2. ^ Beard, James (2009). James Beard's American Cookery. ISBN 9780316069816.
  3. ^ Jones, Evan (1981). American Food: The Gastronomic Story. p. 166. ISBN 9780879513542. OCLC 762998917.
  4. ^ Nguyen, Andrea (November 4, 2010). "Eating Asian in the 1970s: Egg Foo Yung, Omelet Sandwiches, and James Beard". Viet Kitchen World.